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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kangaroo  \Kan"ga*roo"\,  n.  [Said  to  be  the  native  name.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  jumping  marsupials  of  the 
  family  {Macropodid[ae]}.  They  inhabit  Australia,  New  Guinea, 
  and  adjacent  islands,  They  have  long  and  strong  hind  legs  and 
  a  large  tail,  while  the  fore  legs  are  comparatively  short  and 
  feeble.  The  giant  kangaroo  ({Macropus  major})  is  the  largest 
  species,  sometimes  becoming  twelve  or  fourteen  feet  in  total 
  length.  The  tree  kangaroos,  belonging  to  the  genus 
  {Dendrolagus},  live  in  trees;  the  rock  kangaroos,  of  the 
  genus  {Petrogale},  inhabit  rocky  situations;  and  the  brush 
  kangaroos,  of  the  genus  {Halmaturus},  inhabit  wooded 
  districts.  See  {Wallaby}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kangaroo 
  n  :  any  of  several  herbivorous  leaping  marsupials  of  Australia 
  and  New  Guinea  having  large  powerful  hind  legs  and  a  long 
  thick  tail 




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